Here is a bit of wisdom to start your work week. It is based on the 31Day Five Minute Free Write Challenge prompt: Kind.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.Proverbs 14:31 (NIV)
The one who created both the rich and the poor in His image does not want you showing contempt for what He created by oppressing the poor.
Needy and poor do not always pertain to finances. Someone can be physically, spiritually, and mentally needy or poor in addition to being financially needy.
You can be kind to the needy by email, phone, and snail mail. However, the ultimate way you can be kind is to pray for someone. We underestimate the power prayer. We also under estimate how greatly being kind whether through prayer or other means honors God.
One of my favorite blessings to pray for someone is known as The Priestly Blessing. It was given to Moses by God for Aaron and and his sons to use in blessing the Israelites.
24 The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.Numbers 6:24-26
This was sung at the end the service in my childhood church. I loved it then and love it now.
So go be kind to someone today in whatever way you deem appropriate based on the person’s situation. For someday it could be you that is needy or poor.
Speaking of kindness, here are some colorful flowers to brighten your day and make it more joyful. Wish I could deliver these in person to everyone.
May the Lord bless and keep you today and always.
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.